Street artist Lushsux found himself in the crosshairs of Hillary supporters after he created an ‘offensive mural’. Meanwhile Melania’s completely nude mural got no complaints.
A Melbourne street artist who was threatened with a council fine over a provocative mural he painted of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has responded by covering her image with a niqab.
Maribyrnong council took issue with the original mural, which depicted Clinton wearing a revealing swimsuit with $100 notes tucked into it. The council said residents complained about the piece, which was painted on to the side wall of a scooter shop in Footscray, 5km west of Melbourne.
In a statement, the council said the mural contravened its gender equity policy.
“We believe that this mural is offensive because of the depiction of a near-naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton, and it is not in keeping with our stance on gender equity,” the council chief executive, Stephen Wall, said.
This is no longer a wall of a supposed "offensive and near naked" Hillary Clinton, a beautiful Muslim woman. pic.twitter.com/M7Uzr4gqBC
— LUSHSUX (@lushsux) August 1, 2016
— streetartglobe (@streetartglobe) August 1, 2016
Clinton is not the only politician to come to Lushsux’s attention. A mural of a naked US Republican candidate Donald Trump has also appeared in Melbourne’s CBD, as well as a mural of his wife, Melania Trump, also depicted naked. Lushsux later added Trump’s face over the explicit parts of the latter mural “so as not to cause any offence”.
Decided to censor my work now as not to cause any offence. pic.twitter.com/Q8awqqjsUj
— LUSHSUX (@lushsux) July 29, 2016